I always used to wear make-up on stage to hide my imperfection and for aesthetic reasons. My family always supported me in every choice I made. In fact, its quite unbelievable but my mum used to buy makeup for me along with suggesting the ones which would be appropriate for me.
Growing up I loved dressing up and used to play with make-up. I even designed my clothes. I was my own stylist. So, it was no wonder when two of my friends who wanted to go for Miss India approached me to help them design for their shoot. I designed everything from scratch and guess what? One of them won Miss India 2012. She became a star, an influencer! And I wanted to be one too.
I never wanted to dissolve in the crowd. Even if it is a stare, I would take it in a positive way. So, I decided to come to Mumbai and give it a shot, the place where stars are born.
I remember, my first job was at a beauty store as a dusting staff. I worked there for 8 months but left to explore other opportunities. I got to work with almost every big magazine brand was making good money but somewhere in the process, I forgot my dream, the reason I came to Mumbai.
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During the same period, I broke-up with my partner only to realize later that, it was a blessing in disguise. My post-break-up period was tough, so to distract my mind from it I started working on myself. Earlier I was making people look beautiful, but this time I smeared my talent on myself and started putting my work on Instagram. I was really happy, as I was doing what I always wanted to do.
My pictures were picked by some publication house and my story was viral. People wanted to know about this brown guy who is breaking the conventional definition of how a guy should look like. When I started putting these pictures, to be honest, I was never trying to be a social change maker. I was just being me, real me.
But now, when I know that I can influence people I do use my status to promote the celebration of all form of beauties. What I learnt is don’t be bothered by those stares which are thrown, its just people gazing a star in you.
– Jason Arland